Nowadays we are getting used to mobile applications. Obviously, we want them to work precisely, go smoothly, and generally, to become better and better. Clients require wonder apps which would go fast, so what can Software Houses do to perfectly fit their expectations? At Liki Mobile Solutions we are still looking for innovative tools which would turn an app development into the faster, easier and more intuitive process. That is why this time we take on board React Native and discuss this topic with our programming whizz – Zbigniew Krawczyk.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REACT AND REACT NATIVE
Don’t confuse these terms.
“React can be defined as a library of the sets of UI components in Java Script. It’s focused on website applications. It’s used to create websites’ interface. In React Native the React framework has been brought to mobile. So, it means that React Native is a version of React, but adjusted to the view in smartphone applications.”
HOW DOES REACT NATIVE WORK?
It is the technology which is now extremely desired by the software industry. What do we know about it? It was created by Facebook, released on Github, and now generates a lot of hype. It’s no wonder, though
“it provides developers with codes ready to reuse. So, it gets rid of the problems with adjusting native applications to the specific operating system.”
As a result, it allows us to build killer apps suitable for both IOS and Android.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING REACT NATIVE?
The advantages are mainly for developers who don’t have to switch between languages they know little about. Obviously, it’s a good solution for startups and businesses, too. Android and IOS have different co debases, so software houses should have two separate teams of skilled specialists in these two systems unless they hire React Native experts. As a result, one team of developers can write codes across various mobile operating systems. This is, undoubtedly, time and money-saving solution for companies.
IS REACT NATIVE GOOD FOR BIG PROJECTS AND WHAT PROBLEM CAN WE MEET?
To sum up, React Native is the best option for not very complex but highly interactive widgets.
If there are some problems with React Native, they usually refer to the configuration process.
“It depends on the type of project and the level of complexity. It doesn’t matter if the application is a big or a small project. It is more important whether it is has a lot of common components or not.”
“When we update the Android system, some problems with the compatibility and synchronization can occur. What is more, not every feature from one system is covered by React Native. Sometimes we have to add our own component to the native code.”
Internet is full of such challenges with using React Native, but let’s debunk the myth. It is a powerful technology, and it makes the work of developers and companies easier but should we expect miracles? It is a good idea to treat every project individually. We should always take into consideration a lot of aspects, e.g. business strategies, marketing organization and the whole process of improving the app.
“We can complete such a challenge but we should be prepared that our product won’t be perfect after such a short time. However, it is a good option to create a demo of an app, which would serve as a proof of concept. It gives us some time and space for debugging.”